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This is the fifth in a series of articles leading up to the start of trial at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the court prosecuting those responsible for the Feb. 14, 2005, attack that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others.The defense strategy will cast doubt on the prosecution's account of the run-up to the attack, likely denying the provenance of the telecommunications evidence relied upon in the indictment, as well as reviving the possibility that Islamic extremists may have been involved in the Hariri assassination.The defense may raise the prospect of the involvement of extremist groups operating in Lebanon at the time of Hariri's assassination and their possible links to Abu Adass, the man who claimed responsibility for the attack and who disappeared a few days before the assassination, after allegedly meeting Hussein Oneissi, one of the four suspects. One former investigator described the Abu Adass issue as "a whitewashing story you have never seen before or after".In addition to presenting their own theories, the defense will also challenge the underlying case behind the indictment itself, particularly the merits of "co-location" techniques that the prosecution relied on to tie the phones used in the assassination to the Hezbollah suspects.
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